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EMODnet Sea-Basin Checkpoints Stakeholder Conference: Welcome and setting the scene



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Jan-Bart Calewaert, head of the EMODnet Secretariat, introduces the main concepts that will be the focus of the discussion of the EMODnet Sea-Basin Checkpoints Stakeholder Conference. The conference was held on the 14-15 February 2017 in Brussels.

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EMODnet Sea-Basin Checkpoints Stakeholder Conference: Welcome and setting the scene

  1. 1. Stakeholder Conference & Sea-basin Workshops 14 -15 February 2017 Brussels, Belgium The European Marine Observation and Data Network
  2. 2. Data Acquisition (Observations) Data management & access EMODnet Cost of Ocean Observation in EU Space data: € 400 M per year In-situ data: > €1 billion per year
  3. 3. MARITIME AFFAIRS Maria Damanaki, former Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (…) the data collected through these observations can only generate knowledge and innovation if Europe's engineers and scientists are able to find, access, assemble and apply them efficiently and rapidly. At present this is often not the case.
  4. 4. What to do? A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems
  5. 5. Central Portal access data & products from >1 theme access to thematic data & data products (maps, indices) 7 thematic Data Portals Member State repositories Member State repositories What do we want?
  6. 6. 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Phase 1 – limited sea basins Phase 2 - low resolution all basins Phase 3 - multi-resolution • 2009: Start EMODnet phase 1: 59 Institutes - Budget €6.45M • 2013: Start EMODnet phase 2: 120 Institutes - Budget €16.3M • 2016: EMODnet phase 3: towards a seamless multi-resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020.[budget ↑↑↑] NOW: 7 thematic portals + 6 regional checkpoints + 2 special projects + Central Portal + Secretariat How do we get there?
  7. 7. Whats new? • Higher resolution coverage - more parameters: marine litter (chemistry portal) incl. macro-objects as well as fragments and microparticles in water column, sediments and beaches. Data on marine litter to be assembled and normalised to a common classification. Underwater noise (physics portal) More chemical & biological species • Data Ingestion Portal • More machine to machine communication • Higher performance of portals • More coherence
  8. 8. What beyond 2020?
  9. 9. Thank you! • “This is, without doubt, the most exciting development in data management in Europe that we’ve had for the last twenty years” Richard LAMPITT, Coordinator of FIXO3 European Programme project • “From a scientific perspective EMODnet is a giant step in data availability” Jan MEES, Chair of the European Marine Board • ”EMODnet – a true hallmark in Marine Observations and Data and its networking; it is hugely important not only for Europe but is an example for other regions, a valuable partner for IOC of UNESCO” Vladimir RYABININ, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) • “EMODnet is fundamental to how blue economy will develop” Matthew KING, European Commission DG MARE • “Exploitation of EMODnet data will not only happen in EU, it will happen all around the world” Jean-François MINSTER, Scientific Director, TOTAL • “Enterpreneurs will take advantage of the data resources made available by EMODnet and deliver very specific information services to specific costumers” Jonathan WILLIAMS, CEO Marine South East Maritime Cluster
  10. 10. Thank you!